(WXXI News & AP) More than $80 million has been awarded to dozens of municipalities as part of New York state's efforts to revitalize local communities.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state funding has been awarded to 71 municipalities through the fifth round of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. The funding intended to restore downtowns and spur new economic activity was included in the current state budget for the fiscal year that ends Saturday.
Administered by Empire State Development, the state's main economic development agency, the Restore New York program provides funding to villages, towns and cities to support demolition of vacant buildings and rehabilitation of condemned and surplus properties.
In the city of Rochester, $5 million will be used to rehabilitate eight downtown buildings including:
-176-182 East Main St.
-186, 190-194 East Main St.
-220-222, 224-226 East Main St.
-250-East Main (The Sibley Building); also 35 and 79 State St.
Mayor Lovely Warren says when completed, these projects will have created 145 new housing units.
Other Finger Lakes projects include:
-City of Canandaigua: $1 million for the rehabilitation of the former Labelon Manufacturing facility.
-Irondequoit: $1 million for redeveloping the former Medley Centre.
-Village of Warsaw: $1 million to demolish a former nursing home to help develop a hotel.
-Village of Geneseo: $700,000 converting the former Livingston County Home into a multi-tenant commercial building.
-Village of Webster: $500,000 to rehab 22-42 East Main St. to create commercial and residential properties.
-Village of Avon: $400,000 to renovate the Park Theater into a mixed-use facility.
-Village of Newark: $100,000 to rehab the former St. Michael’s Parish Elementary School into apartments for seniors.
-Village of Penn Yan: $500,000 to rehab two buildings.